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Scholarship Opportunities

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First-Year Students; CUA-Funded Scholarships

1. All scholarships from CUA are merit-based.
2. Completing a FAFSA is not required to be eligible for a scholarship.
3. No separate application is required, except for a limited number of Special Interest Scholarships
4. All awards are made by the Admissions Office.
5. Recipients are notified at the time of admission.
6. Awards are based on a full review of the applicants file, for which LSAT scores and Undergraduate/Graduate GPA are an important, but not exclusive, consideration.
7. Many scholarships are funded through generous contributions from CUA supporters. As such, scholarship recipients are expected to write notes of appreciation to individuals or organizations, if applicable to a particular scholarship.
 
 

Continuing Students; CUA-Funded Scholarships

 1. All scholarships from CUA are merit-based.
2. Completing a FAFSA is not required to be eligible for a scholarship.
3. No separate application is required, except for a limited number of Special Interest Scholarships
4. Most awards are officially offered in late June each year.
5. Most awards are determined as follows:
 
a. Scholarships received during the first year of attendance (except some Special Interest Scholarships) are renewed for subsequent years subject to the recipient remaining “in good standing.”
b. First-year students who did not receive a scholarship for the first-year of study, but finish in the top 25% of their respective class are eligible for the following scholarship amounts.
 
 
 
Full-Time (“Day” Program)
Part-Time (“Evening” Program)
Top 5%
$15,000
$12,000
Top 6% -10%
$12,500
$10,000
Top 11%-15%
$10,000
$8,000
Top 16%-25%
$8,500
$6,500
 
Policy Notes:
 
(1) Students who change programs from Full-Time (Day) to Part-Time (Evening) and vice-versa will receive a scholarship award prorated according to the change. For example, if an award received for full-time enrollment represents 30% of full-time tuition, the comparable “prorated” award for enrollment in the Part-Time program will be 30% of the student’s part-time tuition charges.
(2) Students who return after a leave of absence, and are in good standing, continue the scholarship in effect at the time the student began his/her leave.
(3) No student shall receive a scholarship award for more than the eight semesters. Scholarships are awarded only for regular semesters and not for courses taken during summer sessions.
(4) CUA funded scholarships are available only to students who are enrolled as degree-seeking students and are paying tuition to CUA.
 
 
6. Many scholarships are funded through generous contributions from CUA supporters. As such, scholarship recipients are expected to write notes of appreciation to individuals or organizations, if applicable to a particular scholarship.
 
 
 
Scholarship Retention Data
(As required by the American Bar Association)
 
Students Matriculating In
Number Entering with Conditional Scholarship
Number Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2012-2013
0
0
2013-2014
0
0
 
Note: CUA does not offer conditional scholarship. A scholarship for which remaining “in good standing” is required, is not considered a “conditional scholarship” by the ABA.

 

 

 

Transfer Students; CUA-Funded Scholarships

 1. Scholarships for transfer students is subject to available funding.
2. Completing a FAFSA is not required to be eligible for a scholarship.
3. No separate application is required.
4. All awards are made by the Admissions Office.
5. Recipients may be notified at the time of admission, or at a later date.
6. Awards are based on a full review of the applicants file, for which prior law school GPA is an important, but not exclusive, consideration.
7. Many scholarships are funded through generous contributions from CUA supporters. As such, scholarship recipients are expected to write notes of appreciation to individuals or organizations, if applicable to a particular scholarship.

 

 

Special Interest Scholarships

 Faculty and program directors, representing various concentrations, coordinate the awarding of specific scholarships. Eligible students are contacted directly by faculty members or a program director.   Additionally, several competitive scholarships are offered on an annual basis, for which applicants will receive invitations to apply.
 
Below is a partial list of these scholarships:
 
  First-Year Students interested in public interest law (SPIL Scholarship)
  O’Brien Scholarship for First Year Students -- Essay-based; topic outlined with invitation.
  George P. Smith Honorary Scholarship – Essay-based; topic outlined with invitation.
  Communications Law (Harvey Zuckman Scholarship)
  Labor Law (Plato Papps Fellowship) -- Awardees are continuing students, and are selected near the end of the spring semester.
  Law and Public Policy (Dulin Haynes Scholarship) -- Awardees are graduating students, and are selected near the end of the final semester.
  Securities Law (Securities Law Scholarship) -- Two of approximately $3,000 are offered each year, to one 2L student and to one 3L student in the Program who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement during their previous year as well as commitment to the Program. To be eligible, the students must be signed up for Program and must be taking the appropriate course work to advance in the program.
 
 

Non-CUA-Funded (Outside) Scholarships

Our list of Outside Scholarship Opportunities is found on a separate webpage, linked through the title of this section.